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Manuel Watter

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  Machine Learning Lab
  University of Freiburg

  Room 079-00006
  Georges-Koehler-Allee 079
  79110 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Phone: +49 761 203 8044
Email: watterm@informatik.uni-freiburg.de

About me 

2007 - 2011: B.Sc. in Computer Science, University of Freiburg

2011 - 2014: M.Sc. in Computer Science, University of Freiburg

2014 - now: PhD Student at the Robotics Grad School, Freiburg


Work
My goal is to apply data-efficient Reinforcement learning on high-dimensional state spaces e.g. camera images. Traditional RL methods can't cope with these spaces without handcrafted preprocessing methods.

Recent progress in variational inference and generative models, together with a better understanding of deep neural networks, allowed us to infer locally linearized latent spaces on which linear quadratic control can be applied. The resulting Embed to Control system is able to predict trajectories in form of image sequences and control complex dynamical systems.

Publications
Manuel Watter, Jost Tobias Springenberg, Joschka Boedecker, Martin Riedmiller:
Embed to Control: A Locally Linear Latent Dynamics Model for Control from Raw Images,
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 28 (NIPS 2015)

 

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